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The Song of Zazen

The holidays, the election, and the uncertainty ahead have many of us worried and out of sorts: I know no better way to return to the center and maintain serenity than meditation. In my case it takes the form of Zazen – “sitting meditation” – and below is a beautiful paean for this practice [...]

By | 2017-01-05T15:20:41+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Expect Nothing, Quotes|0 Comments

Quotes for December

Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. Dennis Waitley   Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security. John Allen Paulos   The future is completely open, and [...]

By | 2016-12-02T12:54:32+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Quotes|0 Comments

Faith & Breathing

Faith Even if you take all the suggestions in my books and this blog, you are bound to come up against a wall now and then. You may sometimes wonder exactly what you are doing, as nothing seems to be happening. And at times throughout this quiet-corner process (there’s that term again!), you may question [...]

By | 2016-11-17T12:18:41+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Find a Quiet Corner|0 Comments

Bodhisattva’s Vow

When I, a student of Dharma, Look at the real form of the universe, All is the never-failing manifestation Of the mysterious truth of Tathagata. In any event, in any moment, and in any place, None can be other than the marvelous revelation Of its glorious light. This realization made our ancestral teachers and [...]

By | 2016-11-10T17:24:04+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Expect Nothing|0 Comments

Zen Quotes for October

Since moving to the country a year and a half ago, I’ve been engaged and busy with so many exciting new things that I put teaching my meditation classes and workshops on the shelf as I adjusted to my new lifestyle. On Monday this week I led my first meditation workshop up here in Hudson. [...]

By | 2016-10-22T08:21:00+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Quotes|0 Comments

The Paradox of Ego

The idea, or rather the reality, of an ego is paradoxical. On the one hand, it gives us a healthy supply of self-esteem, which in turn provides us with the necessary energy to face the world and its inherent storms. On the other hand, it can drive us so deep into self-consciousness that all we [...]

By | 2016-10-22T08:21:01+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Serenity in Motion|1 Comment